Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho expects Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to be fit for Sunday’s FA Cup clash despite picking up a “big cut” in his clash with Brentford’s Josh Dasilva.
Goals from Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-min sent Spurs to the Carabao Cup final in Tuesday’s semi-final.
But Dasilva’s second-half challenge on Denmark midfielder Hojbjerg proved a big point of controversy. The Brentford star clashed with Hojbjerg’s leg with his studs up.
Indeed, he later received a red card after referee Mike Dean consulted the pitchside VAR monitor.
Speaking after the match, however, Mourinho claimed confidence in his midfielder recovering quickly.
“That is football. Dasilva is a young guy and a good player so in the heat of the game there is nothing to be critical of.
“Mike Dean made the decision on VAR so everything is fine and correct.
“Pierre has a big cut but he didn’t even want me to play [Japhet] Tanganga in the last five minutes so I believe he can be OK for the weekend.”
Hojbjerg took to Twitter after the game to reassure Dasilva about the challenge.
Hojbjerg’s message to Dasilva
The midfielder wrote: “Of course you didn’t mean it. So don’t worry. I’m a viking and I am fine. But… You owe me a new shin pad.
“You have a great future ahead. Be strong & keep working hard. Best of luck to you and your team. Big hug, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.”
Spurs made a strong start with Sissoko’s goal. Brentford then thought they had equalised through Ivan Toney’s header just after the hour mark.
However, the forward was offside and, not long after, Son provided the sucker-punching second goal to help Spurs increase their advantage.